Eka Pada Sirsasana

The practice of Eka Pada Sirsasana (as with many of the deep, forward bending asanas) can be difficult and challenging. Besides the physical requirements of the pose, the student must demonstrate some maturity and some degree of discriminative discernment (vivekakhyatih) so as to approach the practice of these asanas intelligently.

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Balance

Balance is about presence. It is about being fully present to the present moment, being both sensitive and responsive the relationship to both our inner and outer environments.  Balance can also be defined as physical equilibrium.  In yoga, it is not only physical, but mental and emotional equilibrium.  It is equanimity in its fullest sense.

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Abhyasa and Vairagya

In the classes that I teach, I have found it effective to cultivate a classroom ethic by using the classroom as a little laboratory to observe our understanding of abhyasa and vairagya. The students learn to observe when and why they find themselves looking around, talking, or comparing themselves to others. "You be with You," Geetaji often states.

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